As you can guess from the title, I am using the package tocloft to customize the table of contents of a document, which, by the way, I am compiling with LuaTeX.

The final result that I would like to get can be simplified as follows:

desired TOC

The feature that I am not able to implement on my own is the black background of the part title. Please ignore the other design features of the picture I have posted that may differ from the standard latex TOC (e.g. the missing page number).

Do you know how can I achieve such look? Thanks.

1 Answer 1


You might want to look into titletoc, it allows to use \colorbox without hacks.

If you really want to keep using tocloft you can use a hack: Capture the title in a \hbox, which you \unhbox later in the colorbox:

\part{Teil 1}
\chapter{Kapitel 1}
\section{Abschnitt 1}
\part{Teil 2}
\chapter{Kapitel 2}
\section{Abschnitt 2}

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  • it works perfectly! thanks. I think I am going to keep using tocloft simply because I have some other customized features which I do not have time to move to titletoc. Would you in general suggest, for the next times, to move to titletoc?
    – oibaFox
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 13:45
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    I don't have enough experience with either of them to give a really qualified recommendation, but it looks like titletoc is probably better if you not only just want to change some details. For small changes there is a significant advantage for tocloft through: You can change some separated settings instead of having to change all parameters at one go. Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 14:07

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